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U.S. Naval Academy Class of '67


March 2015


The four big items on our Class agenda are (1) the “Another Link in the Chain” (ALITC) program with the Class of 2017; (2) Planning our 50th Reunion; (3) Completing our 50th Golden Lucky Bag project; and (4) our ongoing 50th Anniversary Class project.

The ’67 Store is open 24/7 for ’67 merchandise. We periodically open the store with purchase of ’67 event or other project-specific items.

Jack Parry continues his admirable duty as our ’67 ALITC Chairman and has the Class of ’17’s I Day, Plebe Summer events, Sea Trials and Herndon in the wake. It is hard to believe ’17 is closing in on finishing their Youngster Year.

The next event, which is the most meaningful after Graduation/Commissioning is “The Bonds of Gold” ceremony in Memorial Hall on April 7th where our classmates and/or spouses/widows present the ‘17 Officers with ’67 class rings or miniatures to melt down and combined with the gold that will become ‘17’s Class Rings.

Other events are:
-3/C Luau the 13th of May

-The ’17 2/C Commitment Dinner in late August 2015

-The ’17 Ring Dance in late May of 2016. The previous senior ALITC classes have attended their ALITC Class’s Ring Dance in record numbers to rededicate (dunk) their rings in the waters of the Seven Seas. You don’t want to miss this.

-The Service Selection dinner(s) in November 2016

-The six Battalion Receptions for ’17 at Alumni House in January & February 2017

-Commissioning Week and Graduation Ceremony the week leading to Memorial Day in 2017

Stay tuned for Jack’s updates and try to make one or more of the ALITC events over the coming two and a half years. Be on the Class Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/140114778285 and watch for class-wide emails for details.

The Class 50th Anniversary gift drive is going well with 2 years to complete our multi-pronged gift. You will be hearing from me in the future as we work to meet and hopefully exceed our goal of $1,967,000.

If you have not yet heard from your Company Representative – stand by. We are in the early stages of producing the ’67 Golden Lucky Bag. Your part will be to get a standardized “biography” and a photo to your Company Rep. Thanks to our editor-in-chief Ed Mills (our original 1967 Lucky Bag editor), Mike “Geno” Quinlan, Ed Kerins, and Tony Wayne for taking on this momentous, and what has proven to be by predecessor classes, a most cherished addition to our class and individual histories.

In 2014 we cheerfully welcomed many out-of-town classmates and families to the ’67 Village tailgate at Navy home football games. We’ve posted a “Rules of the Road” link on the Calendar for our tailgates and a graphic of the location just outside Gate D on the Blue (Brigade) side of the stadium. Put down 2015 as a year to join us in Annapolis as Navy enters its first year as a football member of the new American Athletic Conference. Kick-off times vary this year so stay tuned.

We still have classmates in the “missing” category. We need your help in bringing everyone back into the fold. Your class officers continually attempt to run down “lost” classmates and widows, and try to keep all “known” classmates from becoming “lost” again. To that end, I ask all of you to keep up the effort to find all of our 1,259 classmates who came together on our “I Day”- 26 June 1963. Turn in any and all “lost” classmates to me, Jim McNeece and/or Dick Meade! And, keep your own Alumni Association profile up-to-date. One last point, as we enter the new “later mid-middle age”…we are still only at about 75% members in our Alma Mater’s Alumni Association. I want to see us approach 100%, as USNA shaped and molded us to serve and command superbly these past 47+ years!

We need to stay über-organized as a class and keep our role as an integral part of our greater alumni body to ensure USNA continues to be, now and in the future, the national treasure it is. Your officers can lead the Class much more effectively if we are all members of the Alumni Association. We use the Association’s considerable and robust database for all class communications, reunion and IT support services. Please ensure your profile is current and you are signed into Online Community on www.usna.com (click at “My Account”). Again, our class Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/140114778285 where we, over 300 classmates and spouses, are gathering many of our photos, videos, and news!

As 2015 roars along I want to thank all who made donations/contributions over the past 2 years to the Class ALITC Fund, and/or the Class of ’67 50th Anniversary Class project fund drive, and/or the Foundation’s Annual and/or Athletic Excellence Funds.

I ask all of you to consider making all your USNA charitable gifts over the next two years through the Class project’s various components. I would like to see all do your maximum and strongly consider being or becoming an annual Presidents Circle member at a minimum.
We alumni need to do our part in ensuring that USNA remains the premier leadership institution in the land.

I again want to thank your class officers for their involvement in helping me in achieving our goal of keeping ’67 a cohesive and enduring class. My kudos to Wayne Savage (VP), Jim McNeece (Scribe), Jack Parry (Treasurer & ALITC Chairman), Dick Meade (Web and Database Guru-“Dick of the Database”), and Steve Phillips (‘67 Store Manager).

Be involved, and in contact, often!
Go ’67!
Dave Church




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